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  • Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire

    The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »

  • Campground Closures Due to Fire

    Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »

  • Yosemite National Park is Open

    Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.

Seasonal Openings and Closings

Campgrounds
(See table with this year's estimated opening and closing dates.)

Year

Bridalveil Creek

Crane Flat

Tamarack Flat

White Wolf

Yosemite Creek

Porcupine Flat

Tuolumne Meadows

2014 5/23- 5/23-
2013 6/22-9/23
6/7-10/15
(also: 5/24-5/27)
5/24-10/3
(closed 6/8-6/17; closed 8/27-9/20 due to fire; closed early due to gov't shutdown)
6/7-8/25
(closed early due to fire)
6/18-8/27 (closed early due to fire) 6/18-10/15 6/7-9/26

2012

6/28-9/10

6/1-10/9

5/24-10/15

6/8-9/17

6/1-9/10

6/16-10/15

6/8-9/26

2011 7/15-9/12 7/8-10/11 7/1-9/26
(closed early due to fire)
7/25-9/12 7/21-9/12 (open Fri & Sat through 10/9)
7/26-10/15 7/15-9/28
2010
7/9-9/13
7/1-10/12
7/1-10/15
7/9-9/13
7/1-9/13
7/1-10/15
7/1-9/27
2009

7/1-10/12

6/18-10/13

6/24-8/28
(closed early due to fire)

6/19-9/15

7/1-9/8

7/1-10/13
(closed early due to snow)

6/19-9/28

2008

7/3-9/8

6/20-10/13

6/24-10/13

6/20-9/15

6/20-9/1

7/3-10/15

6/20-9/28

2007

6/8-9/4

5/25-10/9

5/25-10/12

5/25-9/17

6/8-9/4

6/8-10/15

6/11-9/25

2006

6/30-9/4

6/26-10/9

6/26-10/9

6/19-10/15

7/12-9/4

7/12-10/15

7/8-9/25

2005

7/8-9/5

6/30-10/10

6/30-10/10

7/1-9/5

7/15-9/5

7/15-10/15

7/8-9/26

2004

6/18-9/6

6/18-10/11

6/18-10/11

6/20-9/6

6/25-9/6

6/25-10/15

6/18-9/27

2003

6/20-9/8

6/20-10/13

6/20-10/13

6/22-9/22

6/27-9/8

6/27-10/15

6/27-9/29

2002

6/28-9/9

6/28-10/14

6/28-0/14

6/16-9/23

6/30-9/8

6/30-10/15

7/12-9/14

2001

?

?

6/16-9/23

6/21-9/23

6/21-9/3

6/15-10/15

6/15-9/24

2000

?

?

5/26-9/25

6/29-9/25

6/21-9/5

6/27-10/15

6/16-9/25

 
Road Opening and Closing Dates
(See plowing updates during spring road opening.)
Clearing of the Tioga Road begins on or about April 15 each year and usually takes between one and two months. Predicting when these roads will open is not possible, even in late spring, because weather in April and May can affect plowing progress significantly.
 

Tioga Road Glacier Point Mariposa Grove Snowpack

Year

Opened Closed

Opened

Closed

Opened

Closed as of Apr. 1
2014 May 2 Apr 14
(Didn't close
for the season)
33%
2013 May 11
Nov 18 May 3
Nov 18 (Didn't close
for the season)
(Didn't close for
the season)
52%
2012 May 7
Nov 8 Apr 20 Nov 8 (Didn't close
for the season)
(Didn't close
for the season)
43%
2011 June 18
Jan 17, 2012
May 27
Nov 19**
Apr 15
(Didn't close
for the season)
178%
2010
June 5
Nov 19
May 29
Nov 7
Mar 26/
May 21
Nov 20 107%
2009
May 19
Nov 12
May 5
Nov 12

92%
2008
May 21
Oct 30
May 2
Dec 12

99%
2007
May 11
Dec 6
May 4
Dec 6

46%
2006
Jun 17
Nov 27
May 25
Nov 27

129%
2005
Jun 24
Nov 25
May 25
?

163%
2004
May 14
Oct 17
May 14
?

83%
2003
May 31
Oct 31
May 31
Oct 31

65%
2002
May 22
Nov 5
May 17
Nov 5

95%
2001
May 12
Nov 11
May 15
?

67%
2000
May 18
Nov 9
May 15
Nov 9

97%
1999
May 28
Nov 23*
May 28
Nov 23

110%
1998
Jul 1
Nov 12
Jul 1
Nov 6

156%
1997
Jun 13
Nov 12
May 22
Nov 12

105%
1996
May 31
Nov 5
May 24
Nov 5

111%
1995
Jun 30
Dec 11
Jul 1
Dec 11

178%
1994
May 25
Nov 10



51%
1993
Jun 3
Nov 24



159%
1992
May 15
Nov 10



58%
1991
May 26
Nov 14



79%
1990
May 17
Nov 19



45%
1989
May 12
Nov 24



83%
1988
Apr 29
Nov 14



31%
1987
May 2
Nov 13



51%
1986
May 24
Nov 29



137%
1985
May 8
Nov 12



97%
1984
May 19
Nov 8



85%
1983
Jun 29
Nov 11



224%
1982
May 28
Nov 15



131%
1981
May 15
Nov 12



77%
1980
Jun 6
Dec 2



144%
Average
('80-'11)
May 27 Nov 5 May 23 Nov 17
Median
('80-'11)
May 24 Nov 12 May 24 Nov 12


*Re-opened December 23, 1999 - January 1, 2000.

**Re-opened December 16, 2011 - January 17, 2012.

Caltrans has a list of recent closing and opening dates for other passes in the Sierra Nevada.

 
Trails
The only trails that are routinely closed in Yosemite are the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall, the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and near the top of Nevada Fall (including the "ice cut"), and the Four Mile Trail.

Year

Mist Trail

John Muir Trail
(ice cut)

Half Dome Cables

Four Mile Trail

2014 3/13- 4/14-
May 23 (planned)-
4/21-
2013 3/27-11/27 4/23-11/27 5/24-10/14 5/3-12/4

2012

4/19-12/13

5/9-12/13

5/25-10/9

5/9-12/19

2011

4/28-1/20/12
5/13-12/10
6/22-10/10
6/10-3/5/12

2010

5/5-11/23

?-11/23

6/16-10/11

6/7-11/23





Did You Know?

Merced River in Yosemite Valley

The Merced River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1987. Eighty-one miles of river runs through Yosemite National Park, including a stretch in Yosemite Valley.